Have you read the book Pigeon Math by Asia Citro and Richard Watson? It’s a humorous story about trying to determine the number of pigeons on the line when outside influences keep that number changing until the end. I have a few freebies I want to share that can be paired with this story.
I received a copy of this book from The Innovation Press in exchange for an honest review.
All About The Book
Written by: Asia Citro
Illustrated by: Richard Watson
Telling a story about pigeons should be simple. But what’s a narrator to do when the number of feathered friends is constantly changing? Can our intrepid storyteller use math facts to keep up with the unstable quantities…or is this pigeon-centric tale doomed?
This picture book introduces addition and subtraction within 10 in a humorous way. The illustrations provide great visual support and students will be rooting for the narrator to finally determine the total number of pigeons on the line.
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Pigeon Math Freebies
This story lends itself to beginning addition and subtraction practice. I created a few activities to pair with this story. The first is these Pigeon Math Booklets. These pages include open-ended templates for addition and subtraction within 10.
There are a few different ways you can use this resource. Students can use the pigeon pieces to work through the problem on the 10-frame mat and then solve. Students can draw circles or other shapes to show their work on the 10-frame.
You can print extra pigeon pieces so students can glue the pieces directly on the 10-frame.
Optional: for addition problems, students can circle the two addends. For subtraction, students can cross out the number being subtracted.
As a culminating activity, each student in your class can complete their own page. You can put all of the pages into one class book that students can read and enjoy.
To extend this activity, I included a one page addition and subtraction practice page. There is a 10-frame on the page and 10 pigeon pieces at the bottom. Students can cut out and use these pieces to work out each problem, if needed.
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